Lick the Plate

A talk with Encinitas Farmers Market manager

A talk with Encinitas Farmers Market manager

I had the pleasure of meeting Carris Rhodes a few years back when she approached me about powering Encinitas events with a mobile solar station that belongs to a client of mine. It was a perfect fit for all parties and I was struck by her sense of not only doing the right thing for […]

A foodie’s guide to Leucadia?

A foodie’s guide to Leucadia?

  Yes, it’s happened, critical restaurant mass has been achieved in Leucadia and more are on the way. I realized last week when riding my bike north on 101 through the Taste of Leucadia that out of nowhere, a restaurant scene has developed and it is rapidly changing this sleepy little slice of Encinitas and […]

Keeping it real at the Encinitas American Legion

Keeping it real at the Encinitas American Legion

With the proliferation of the trendy artisanal and gourmet food and brew scene in North County, it’s nice to have a place like the American Legion, Post 416 in old Encinitas where you can check your pretensions and foodie snobbery at the door.

Capture the essence of Del Mar at Zel’s

Capture the essence of Del Mar at Zel’s

  I had the pleasure of meeting Greg and Jennifer Glassman, the owners of Zel’s, at a recent dinner I hosted and my immediate impression was that these were good people. I had heard positive things about Zel’s, so after they extended an invitation to head down to Del Mar and check it out I […]

Reaping the bounty of my winter garden

Reaping the bounty of my winter garden

  I’ve lived in Encinitas for 15 years now and am still fascinated by my ability to plant a vegetable garden in November and reap its bounty into March and April. This year with our ample rain, my broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are completely going off to the point where I’ve had to get […]

Where Hansen’s Surf Shop eats around town

Where Hansen’s Surf Shop eats around town

  My first exposure to Hansen’s was around 2001 when I approached them out of the blue and asked them to sponsor my marching surfboard brigade in the Encinitas Holiday Parade. Without hesitation, Josh Hansen agreed and for the next few years the brigade grew and won awards like “most unusual” and “second place, marching […]

A complete dining experience at A.R. Valentien

A complete dining experience at A.R. Valentien

  There are plenty of restaurants that serve great food, but it’s a rare few that provide a dining experience that is so complete and enjoyable that you never want it to end. A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is one of those places and I recently had the pleasure of immersing myself […]

Chef Jason Gethin has game

Chef Jason Gethin has game

  I really enjoy the contradictions writing this column provides. From dabbling in the vegan lifestyle at Native Foods Café to singing the praises of game keeps things interesting, which is exactly how I like it.

Vegan cuisine for the mainstream at Native Foods Café

Vegan cuisine for the mainstream at Native Foods Café

  I’ve never had anything against vegans; it’s just that growing up in a traditional Midwest meat-eating family, that lifestyle was not even on my culinary radar until I moved to California. Currently, it’s not realistic for me to write and talk about food and limit my diet to plant-based cuisine.

Discovering Chuao chocolate

Discovering Chuao chocolate

  For those of us brought up with mass-produced chocolate, discovering chocolates like those made by Chuao is like opening a whole new pleasure area of the brain. I mean really, how many times has a Snickers bar produced an endorphin release similar to that of a nice scalp massage? Nothing against Snickers, as they […]